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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic - Brasserie Cantillon

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,818 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,818
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 547
Gots: 398 | FT: 28
Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-06-2001)
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Reviews by beerinator:
Photo of beerinator
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy cherry coughdrop colored. Off-Pink head with nice retention.

Aroma: Smell dominated by extremely soured cherries, that have been grazed by oak.

Taste: Pungently sour. Exactly what is to be expected from a Cantillion lambic. Tiny bit of sweetness shows up for the finale on your tongue. Bitterness lingers for a while after the finish.

Notes: Refreshing, thirst quenching beer. First taste is a shock to your palate, but the sourness grows on me.

beerinator, Jun 11, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First I will say this is very traditional and well made,but Iam not a fan of the lambic style I have found out.Poured great orange/reddish color with nice looking spritzy head that went quick.Smell had some cherrystone in it maybe a little vanilla?Taste about knocked me over the sourness was too much for me to handle,was expecting a little soureness but this was overpowering.Like I said well made just not a fan of the style.

oberon, Mar 18, 2003
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3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Cantillon brewery Oct 20/03.

Appearance: Light redish pour with a small, thin pink head.

Smell: The nose is tart with cherry and lemony notes. The back of my mouth waters from the smell alone.

Taste: Extremely, extremely tart. Actually, sour might be a better word. Suprisingly, i found the chrries in this beer to be very mild, just a tease really.

Mouthfeel: The lemon tartness takes over from the cherries and combined with the good acidity leads to a very clean and biting finish.

Drinkability: A superb kriek lambic. Excellent beer but not for everyday drinking.

Popsinc, Oct 29, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was delivered in a tiny little Chimay glass. It was a beautiful raspberry red in color with a pink head. The colors were just brilliant and it probably was the prettiest glass of beer that I have ever seen.

Smell – The sharp sweet and sour nose was amazing. The luscious, fresh raspberries smelled so natural and fresh they rivaled the smell of real raspberries. This was a collusion of nature, a rich, fruity freshness and the light beer-like malt with the sophisticated aroma of dull soury lemon.

Taste – The tart flavors were so big at the taste that I literally did a double-take. They were mixed with a fresh fruity sweetness in just the right ratio. The raspberries from the nose accompanied some wonderful but not overpowering cherry flavors. The malts were light, just enough to let the drinker know that he is drinking a beer.

Mouthfeel – This was a bit bigger than light-bodied and perfectly carbonated. The feel in the cheeks was light and fluffy yet lively enough to keep one entertained. The tartness was bigger than other samples of the style but played right into the bold flavors of this wonderful Lambic.

Drinkability – This was the show-stopper of the night at the O’Brien’s pre-Stone 10th Anniversary BA Party. Any fan of the style would die for a taste of this offering from Cantillon.

RoyalT, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a simple white wine glass at the brewery. Viscous looking rose with red hues and a healthy dark pink froth. Great carbonation streams. Healthy to aggressive aroma of fresh cherries and earth. Acid is immediately present and bites at the nostril hairs. Hits the palate with a distinctive sourness and tartness and goes immediately dry. Rich cherry flavors dominate along fresh lemon acidity, earth, and traces of chestnut. Mouthfeeel is bone dry, effervescent, and light-medium bodied. Drinkability is superb. Phenomenal in its simplicity, and outstanding example of the style.

DaPeculierDane, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BA doobliebop for this one! Paired with a medium-rare steak and baked potato. Pours a light-crimson, Bloody Mary colored red, completely opaque and murky everywhere but the very top. Very volatile, causing a faint-pink head to form quickly but fizzle away completely within thirty seconds.

Aroma is heavy, musty cherries; sweet and aged, with a little bit of a vinous character; more wine-like than expected. Some grape peel and raspberries are hanging around there also. Very authentic, juicy, and acidic. You can just tell from the aroma that this is gonna be a sour ass beer. The sour doesn't stand alone, however - decent amount of funky yeast creeps in trashes about. Light barnyward, wet wood, mild hay - overall, the funk doesn't quite stand up to the tartness, but it's enough to contribute to the aroma in a big way.

I bring the glass to my lips and the brew hits my palate thin and heavily carbonated while my nostrils are being raped by a thicker, heavier cherry aroma. Wow! This beer begins with an intense tartness right off the bat - extremely sour and acidic. Puckering and lip smacking, the sourness lasts for a good few seconds or so before it settles down and begins to subside.

Overwhelming, juicy, ripe, authentic cherries make for most of the flavor, alongside some grape peel and various other "berry" types. Even at 5% ABV, the alcohol is detectable, but very soft and playful. Once the incredible sour component fades, the last few seconds of the sip are filled with a delicate sweetness that turns to a slightly corky and funky flavor. Enough to give you that wet hay and barnyard kick without distracting from the lovely tart cherries. The very acidic nature of this beer makes for a deceivingly dry finish, despite the juicy character of the flavor profile.

Holy sheeyat. Excellent brew, here - a good departure from the normal brews I drink. Sourness was intense, but it became addicting and I was disappointed to have this one end. This beer is authentic, raw, sour, and juicy, through and through. I really wish this stuff wasn't so difficult to come by in America! I need to get my hands on some more Cantillon brews. Two thumbs up.

EDIT: 3/22/2013

Enjoyed another '12 thanks to Ron. Even more sour than I remember. A lot more funk to it, too. Overall, just entirely more flavor-packed than I remember (and believe me, it was already incredible before). Super sour and acidic cherries, raspberries, and grapes. Less vinous this time around. So quenching and addictive. Gotta bump the score up on this one. Great stuff.

tectactoe, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2008. Bottled January 21 2008. Best before end of 2015. 750 corked and capped bottle. Serving date: 2009-03-06. Served in wine glass.

A: A very beautiful brew. Somewhat deep ruby color with plenty of red and pink hues. Small pink head, leaves some lacings around the edge of the glass. Rather hazy initially. Towards the end, when more of the yeast goes into the glass, it becomes very murky (and looks like a strawberry milkshake).

S: Nice acidic smell, rather prominent vinegar, plenty of rich fruit aromas - cherries, some apples, cherry pits. Some straw, that develops into wet straw towards the end. A subtle funkiness every now and them.

T: Very powerful acidic taste. The beer is just unbelievably sour. Some vinegar. After the massive sourness, the fruits kick in - cherries, cherry pits, apples, dry orange, lemon juice. Earth, some straw and again subtle funkiness (going towards stable). Beneath this explosion of flavors one can also note the malts and the wheat, but they are really restrained. The finish is rather dry, has some nuts and pits. Plenty of sour notes linger on in the mouth.

M: Medium body. Gentle carbonation. Rather dry and sharp, not harsh though.

D: This is fantastic. Full of character, very bold and very demanding. Fresh, yet rich and rustic. A masterpiece of brewing.

ricke, Mar 07, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

jono0101, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2010. I love a bottle of beer with instructions on how to serve it. I will follow them religously. Thank you Cantillon. More people should be like you for multiple reasons.

Ruby red pour with a pink head that would be more than suitable for rainbow brite. Quite effervescent.

Dark, tart cherry and raspberry fruit nose. Hints of oak and brett funk.

Tasty, delicious, tart, dark berry fruits on the tongue. Soft carbonation slides evenly across the tongue like a lubed up armadillidiidae on ice. With tartness to boot. Very well balanced and just fun to drink.

brownbeer, May 30, 2010
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4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle poured into tulip.

This brew pours a beautiful rich red indicative of the cherries used to make it. No head at all but more carbonation than I was expecting. I did pour very slow because this is my first Cantillon lambic and I wanted to savor every second. It smells of sour cherries. There is nothing artificial hitting the senses. You can smell the wood barrels that this.kriek was aged in. I pleasant funk dominates the palate and by holding it in your mouth for a few seconds you can feel the flavor evolve from sour to earthly with the cherries making their presence known throughout. A good.amount of carbonation and a well balanced mouth feel. Overall, this is the best lambic I have had to date. If it wasn't so hard to get, I would buy more. Absolutely outstanding...

tbryan5, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another Cantillon lambic I've been dying to try. Cork evacuates the bottle with a nice pop. Bottled in 2003. Pours from the bottle a stunning red with hints of pink...a nice bubbly pink head tops it off. Brilliant ruby when held up to the light. The nose comes with a sour, astringent cherry mixed with a splash of vinegar, a hint of lemon and a healthy dose of barnyard, dirty laundry funkiness that is trademark Cantillon...simply lovely.

First sip is a rush of acidic, mouth puckering sour. Hints of lemon peek through as the vibrant sour cherry tones flow over the palate. The barnyard, earthy, woody, dank funkiness is simply spectacular. A perfect mix of lambic and fruit that creates an incredibly rewarding drinking experience. Amazing.

Small bubbly carbonation couple with a nice light body that flows over the tongue. Each and every taste bud stands up at attention with each sip taking in the sublte complexities that only Cantillon can deliver. I have a feeling that when I finish this bottle I will be left aching for more and looking forward to the next time I can partake in this finely crafted, spontaneously fermented masterpiece. History, art, brewing and nature all in one bottle.

Bottled 18 April 2011..freshest bottle I've had - sampled 09-20-2011

Pours into my glass a deep vibrant cherry red with a fizzy pink head that disappears rather quickly. Aromas are bright with cherries along with an underlying deep sour funk. Lots of oak notes with lemon zest. Musty, earthy and a touch of vinegar. Lovely.

First sip brings bring sour cherry pucker upfront. Acidic funk and oak meld together. The underlying lambic is musty and earthy with lemon zest. Super complex, it finishes dry and extremely tart with lingering cherry notes.

Mouthfeel is light with very spritzy carbonation that explodes across the palate with each sip. Such a great depth of flavor, I love how every time I drink a Cantillon beer it's like a new experience. Wish it was easier to drink this more often!!

orbitalr0x, Mar 06, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well...it took me two days to open this beer...literally. I didn't realize there was a cork underneath the cap. Had to buy a corkscrew today just to get at this. The smell coming through the cork was tantalizing.

Pours a unique strawberry/garnet red with a good bit of haze. No head formation at all. Aroma is overloaded with tart smells which penetrate the nose with sour cherries and apples causing the backs of my jaw to hurt just thinking about it. Could be a little stronger. Just as suspected there is an overload of sourness which I absolutely love. Taste is sweet and dry at the same time. Comes across like a cherry sweettart candy with a bit of peppery spiciness. Mouthfeel is sweet and dry at the same time. The sourness causes my mouth to salivate like crazy but this beer finishes dry making you want to come back for more. Drinkability is great too. Even though this beer is extremely sour its nicely drinkable. Not overwhelming because of the dry finish which dimenishes the sourness quickly.

Overall, a great beer. Definately worth the money to pick this one up, especially if you are just experimenting with lambics.

blitz134, Sep 15, 2005
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather elegant packaging, at least compared to American beers. Sealed with foil, capped, and with a cork, mine being dated 2004. Fizzy soda-like head, that actually sticks around in my Lindemans lambic glass. Dark red body, somewhat translucent if held up to light.

Smells good & tart. Doesnt seem as strong in those qualities as the other two Cantillons I have had.

But oh my, it is certainly tart/sour in the taste. Perhaps stronger than the other two I've had? I think it has more sourness than actual flavor, which is interesting. I cant really pick up on much cherry taste. At least, not the kind of sweet candy cherry flavor Americans are used to.

The mouthfeel is a tart, sour wallop. Awesome and powerful.

I dont think any normal person would have more than one of these at a sitting, considering the price ($6 per 12oz bottle), and the extreme characteristics. Glad I got to try it, and maybe I will have it again one day if I happen upon it.

chOAKbarrell, Mar 02, 2006
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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

heddar33, Sep 07, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Dec 19, 2011

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/red with one finger of light pink foam. Head dissipates quickly but maintains a small cap.

S - Aroma is mostly tart cherry, with only a mild funk presence that increases as it warms up.

T - Tart cherry, but also a bit of sweet cherry, with mre funk in the taste than I got from the aroma. Also, some faint green apple and lemon. Funk maintains through the finish.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel with some prickly carbonation. Finish is cleaner than other Cantillon fruit lambics I've had, with only a faint lingering earthy bitterness.

O - Very tasty and refreshing kriek. I look forward to seeing what a few years in the bottle does to this.

warnerry, Apr 11, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Callmecoon, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

bishopdc0, Jun 23, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

Snikwad1020, Mar 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.5%

BillKuhnel, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 375 ml green corked and capped mini-champagne bottle with no freshness date. Artsy label with info about the beer on the back.

Appearance: Dark light orange red hue, skimpy ring of lace from a semi-active carbonation.

Smell: Big tartness, nearly sour. Cherry aroma grows with a faint sweetness and fullness. Light earthy and musty nose within.

Taste: Sourness is nearly puckering at first, the glands and taste buds get used to it soon enough. Light bodied, expressively dry and crisp. Soft earthy and musty notes include slight barn yard, cork and cellar like flavors. Faint grain throughout. Cherry is real tart with a more rounded flavor after-wards. Long finish of tartness and cherry flavors.

Notes: Racy yet simple, withdrawn but traditional. This is true lambic all the way, no sweet syrups or sugars added … this is the real thing. I have had samples at the brewery and the trip that the bottles have made produced the same awesome effect without a flaw.

Jason, Oct 10, 2002
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

henryclay_, May 10, 2014
Photo of Homebrew35
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 375ml bottle split with my wife

Pours a nice one and a half fingers worth of a very creamy light pink colored head. Rosey red colored clear body. Great lacing and retention.

Smells of fermented cherries and lemon vinegar. This smells a bit funky but in a clean and pleasant way.

Very tart right away. Sweet tarts, sharp lemon, tart cherries and some leather, paper taste and some oak. As it warms the lemon and vinegar come out a bit more. The finish is like sucking on a spree candy.

Thin bodied, high carbonation. Very dry on the finish.

Overall this was an awesome beer that I looked forward to and it delivered. Thanks Ian for finding this.
$11 a 375ml

Homebrew35, Mar 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: no head, cloudy, high carbonation-pink in color

Smell: sour apples and cherries

Taste: sour cherry, dark fruit, and a bit of lemon

Mouthfeel: sweet start, then a huge sour taste, light bodied medium carbonation

Drinkability: This is really sour even for a sour beer, especially in the aftertaste. This is one you sip with a puckered face. A great brew, I could have several slowly.

tigg924, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of Wespatrick
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375 ml 2004 vintage poured into my Duvel tulip.
Pinkish brown pour with little to no head that leaves a very thin layer of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Top of my cok was wet under the cap, but seems to have had no ill effects on the beer.
Smell is wet horse blanket, damp cellar and a little bit of vinegar.
This is probably the most intensely sour beer I've ever had. I can feel the sourness tingle the back of my tongue and my jawbones. Cherry is almost gone. Taste is like sucking on a lemon. The bugs have done a real number on this one.
Drinkability is fairly high even though it is so intense. Very refreshing. Dry finish.

Wespatrick, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 12, 2010 and consumed April 29, 2010.

The beer pours a nice red color with a pink head. The aroma is heavy on the cherries with a slight hint of funk. The flavor is regular cherries, tart cherries, oak and a little bit of wildness/funk. Still, the fruit is the main attraction of the beer at this point. Medium-high carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This beer could use some more age on it but I wanted to give it a try as soon after bottling as possible to see how the cherries were when fresh. I have another bottle I am aging a couple of years and look forward to trying it again.

Mora2000, May 19, 2010
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Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic from Brasserie Cantillon
96 out of 100 based on 1,818 ratings.